Still good value for the $ even if it fails. By William on 3/29/13
William would recommend this product to a friend
First BRS 50ml dosing pump failed just shy of 2 years. I use exclusively for Kalkwasser at a rate of about 3 gallons per day coupled with a aqua controller for redundancy.
Same reason as others have had, motor runs but the gears no longer strong enough to spin.
After researching for a different pump to replace this failed pump, I came to the conclusion that the higher quality dosing pumps were in the price range of $300.
So knowing that I'm still saving even if I have to replace this pump more often.
Easy, quiet, well built By Anthony on 2/26/13
Anthony would recommend this product to a friend
Use this to dose kalk water on my 150 gallon tank easy to adjust the time when coupled with a digital timer. This is the life line of my tank the heart that's how much trust I have in this product
Died less than 1yr By Hollywood on 2/2/13
Hollywood wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Work great til the gears stripped. Was used for R/O top off water with Neptune controller. Life was cut short just before it's 1st birthday.
pump failed By Steve on 12/23/12
Steve would recommend this product to a friend
I would only recommend if you needed 6 months of use...
used mine for about 6 months then took a break... started using it again this fall then it failed. pump sounds like it is trying to work but the pinch roller will not turn. I was counting on this pump to keep my Ca levels right but I may be looking for a better product.
Steer clear, high failure rate By cardiffgiant on 11/23/12
cardiffgiant wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Mine failed after a few months of normal use. The motor turned, but the rollers did not. It was under warranty and BRS replaced it quickly. There are a handful of failures with these pumps with members of my local reef club. I recommend steering clear.
Accurate, Easy, and Fairly Priced By Calvin on 10/26/12
Calvin would recommend this product to a friend
I have purchased several of these pumps for dripping Kalkwasser from my resevoir to top off tank from evaporation. The pumps are xtremely accurate and easy to set up. I have owned for almost a year and its still working just as well as it did on day 1.
DIED after 1 year of use By AB on 9/24/12
AB wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I used these pumps for my ATO and these worked great for a year, but than one died and i replaced it with a spare pump, which died in about 2 weeks. When works are great, but for that kind of money, I would expect better durability.
Good Item By Andre on 8/14/12
Andre would recommend this product to a friend
Does what it is supposed and does it well
Nice Pump does what it should By Andre on 8/14/12
Andre would recommend this product to a friend
Just a nice item and the distance it can pump is amazing
Decent performance, a little loud By Joshua on 7/25/12
Joshua would recommend this product to a friend
I don't know what this pump sounds like when it's mounted outside of a wooden stand, but it's pretty loud when it's mounted inside of one. I use it to dose my kalk on an Apex, and it performs like clockwork every 30 minutes. It was also a little bit bigger than I expected, coming in at ~4hx3wX4d (inches). It gets the job done, but I think it would be a much better value at the sale price permanently.
Perfect for Application By TW on 7/21/12
TW would recommend this product to a friend
I purchased this for my Biocube 29 and it has been running perfectly for several months. As referenced in the description of the product there is some associated noise but for the amount of time the doser runs it is not an issue.
Working well so far By David on 7/18/12
David would recommend this product to a friend
I have 3 of these, plus two of the 1.1 ml per minute pumps. I guess I'm all in. Working well so far. I use one of these for my auto top off. The other two I use as a automatic water changer. They run 20 minutes every 6 hours, one in each direction. My outflow pulls water from 15 feet away, and pushes in agains their ceiling another 20 feet to the drain. Tough little pumps. Time will tell on durability I guess.
Not durable. By freds on 7/4/12
freds wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
The pump died out very quickly, only lasted a few weeks. A shame, poorly built... What a waste of money, time and effort.
Great product By Me on 6/22/12
Me would recommend this product to a friend
After trying multiple Tom's Aquatic Aqua Lifter pumps with each one failing to work I bought one of these and love it. I used industrial strength velcro to attach it to the stand, to me its quiet. However, it is in a fish room and the noise is probably drowned out by the other pumps.
Great top off pump By James on 5/21/12
James would recommend this product to a friend
I needed a pump that would easily pump about 15' of head from my basement, this one did the trick. Easy to install and has been running flawlessly.
Not durable By Doug on 5/13/12
Doug wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I have had two of these pumps fail after a couple of months use. The motor is ok, but the gears must be cheap. In both cases, the motor turns, but the pinch rollers do not;.
So far so good By Keith on 4/21/12
Keith would recommend this product to a friend
I actually bought two of these because I saw some of the other reviews where they had broken down. From the initial setup point of view, these devices are thick front-to-back. I am mounting these to a wall rather than a stand and I will likely cut out the dry wall to embed them as the back is about the same depth as a dry wall electrical box. I was concerned they would stick out so far they would get bumped and ripped off the wall. Very sturdy feeling.
Overall one of the best ato pumps By OBB on 4/17/12
OBB would recommend this product to a friend
Fast enough to keep but not so fast it changes water chemistry rapidly ! The one and only flaw I have noticed w/ it is fairly loud on initial kick in, but not to loud it's livable other than that amazing ato pump guys !!!
Broken - gears stripped By Nytewatch on 4/1/12
Nytewatch wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Bought one of these to use as a top off pump 3 months ago. It broke this weekend - gears are stripped inside. I see this has happened to others. It's a very simple design, took it apart and its just a simple motor that turns the two tumblers. Testing my finger lightly against one of the tumblers showed stopped it completely (motor turning, but tumbler assembly slipping). It appears the gears inside are cheap and that is the problem with these.
Works for me!! By Eric on 3/24/12
Eric would recommend this product to a friend
I'm using it on a controller as my ATO pump. I like that it doesn't clog which is a bonus since I have kalk in my ATO resevior. I can't comment on why it's failed for others. However, per the instructions, it specifically says that this pump is only supposed to run intermittently and NOT continously. Another note is that it sounded like a freight train when I mounted it to the back of my wood stand. You'll want to put something soft between it and your stand to cushion the vibration if you go this route.
awesome pump. accurate too. By Rob on 2/22/12
Rob would recommend this product to a friend
I have three of these and am just looking for an excuse to buy another. I also have the 1.1ml/m version. It's very good too but achingly slow compared to this one. Each has their own use, of course, I just kind of wish there were an intermediate speed (or two) between the 1.1 and 50.
shame on you BRS By Chris on 1/25/12
Chris wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I had this pump for about a month and it failed. I was told I had to send it in with the RMA and they would send out a new one. There is no advance exchange offer. Really BRS look in to this. Most big company have this option. I was very disappointed with this hole thing. So I order another to keep as a spare.
Broke again-3rd pump By Branden on 1/15/12
Branden wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Third pump, third pump failure. Read my previous review. This one lasted at least lasted a year and half give or take thankfully. So now 2 years from my first purchase and I've been through 3 of these pumps, all broken. Took one apart, the gears in the motor are plastic and are stripping. Pretty cheap. Anyways, most seem to be having good luck with them so take this for what you will but be warned, they may not last all that long. Too bad too because when they work they do a good job, just very undependable for $100.
Perfect for auto top off systems By Cord on 1/15/12
Cord would recommend this product to a friend
This is perfect for any auto top off system. i use it to also dose kalkwasser
Workhorse By Ian on 12/26/11
Ian would recommend this product to a friend
I have three of these -- two for automated water exchange (2g/night) and one for topoff (2-4g/day). One recently broke (the pump head became uncoupled from the pump motor) and BRS replaced it no question. Compared to other dosing pumps this is a great deal -- relatively quiet (it does make some minor noise), great price.
great! By denis on 11/24/11
denis would recommend this product to a friend
have been using the doser w/ my kalk stirrer and it has been working precisely. good for 1.5 gallons of top off per day or more if needed. works great!
Excellent By Adam on 10/8/11
Adam would recommend this product to a friend
This is a very good auto top off pump. I have this directly pulling water from my 50 gallon reservoir. The pump is very strong and consistent. This was way better than using a mag pump for this application. My only complaint is that is becomes a bit noisy if you mount it to your stand or even your wall. Because this pump is so well built, I decided to go with the BRS dosing pumps for Cal/Alk.
Great Doser By Brian on 7/25/11
Brian would recommend this product to a friend
Great doser. Very easy to set up. Use it with my top off set up. Works great with the ReefKeeper controller! Slow rate prevents quick swing in salinity. Would recommend to anyone looking for an auto top off pump!
best around By NY reefer on 7/6/11
NY reefer would recommend this product to a friend
I have three of these all going on 2+ years use. IMHO all of the other dosers out there are too fast and cheep toys.
Disappointed By Branden on 5/26/11
Branden wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I'll be honest, the pump does what it is suppose to and does it well...when it works. I bough my first around Jan. 2010 it broke by christmas on 12/10. No problem BRS replaced it. Got my second one and now on 5/26/10 it is broken. Too bad so sad for me, the warranty is from the original purchase so I would need to buy another. Would you buy something that within 18 months you had 2 brake? Not sure if I'm more disappointed in the product or BRS for not standing behind the product. I know they have a good reputation but I'm pretty sure they will not be getting my business again.
Perfect for an ATO By Jason on 5/9/11
Jason would recommend this product to a friend
Moved my ATO container to the basement from under the tank and the aqualifter no longer worked for that distance. This pump was a little pricy but decided to try it out. It is work every penny as it is very solidly built and can really push the water with no problems. I'm not worried about a faulty diaphram and replacing a simple tube in several years will be easy.
Excellent ATO pump! By Noel on 10/4/10
Noel would recommend this product to a friend
Though the price may steer someone away from purchasing this pump, it's a great dosing pump. I use this pump as part of my water top off that I use in conjunction on an AC3. It is precise, quiet, and it works. For those needing more reliability in how much is either being dosed or topped off--go with this pump instead of an aqua lifter.
Perfect for topping off By Russell Stevens on 4/22/10
Russell Stevens would recommend this product to a friend
Yet another great addition to my tank. This unit is rugged, quiet and dependable.
Awesome By jason mclain on 4/19/10
jason mclain would recommend this product to a friend
Pump is perfect for top off. Comes with everthing needed and is super quiet.
Very impressed By Michael Paffenroth on 4/16/10
Michael Paffenroth would recommend this product to a friend
This is a great pump! Very quite and reliable.
Bought 2 of these, and they work great By Nicholas on 12/9/09
Nicholas would recommend this product to a friend
Boutght two of these, and I cant tell you how much time they save. You never have to wonder if you dosed your tank, and its great when your away, or do frequent business trips.